Care Inspectorate Hub – Outdoor Learning Guidance Tools

Outdoor Learning 

Guidance Tools available on the Care Inspectorate Hub

Children in our CALA centres have come back after their summer holidays and got straight back into exploring their outdoor play environments and favourite spaces in their communities. Lots of exploring, investigating and discoveries have already been made by the children and observations, interests and ideas captured to inform future planning.

With the national focus on Outdoor Learning and as we plan our outdoor environments and experiences, we thought it might be a timely reminder to highlight some of the valuable tools to help support good practice in your ELC setting on the ‘Care Inspectorate Hub’ Click on each of the documents to access.

Play Types Toolkit: bringing more play into the school day

The following update comes courtesy of our friends at Play Scotland

Play Scotland’s Play Types Toolkit is now available to download free from our website.
The Toolkit is for schools and education professionals, and others working with children in various settings. Playing is an integral part of children’s day in many educational and childcare settings.  Children play before the bell goes in the morning; at playtime and lunchtime; and after school ends.  Increasingly, playing is part of class time across Scotland too.  Educators are getting better at recognising the interconnections between playing, learning, growing, developing, being healthy and being happy.
For full details and to download click here
Note: Should you extract information from the Toolkit please reference this back to the publication and Play Scotland.

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Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play

Play Scotland drew our attention to a recent blog article, on the subject of risky play. The article is titled ‘Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play‘ and discusses how research shows risky play “increases physical activity, social skills, risk management skills, resilience and self-confidence. ” Access the article by clicking here.